Animal Care Services

The University of Massachusetts Amherst supports the use of animals for research as an ethical and scientific necessity for the advancement of human and animal well-being, and the advancement of knowledge and understanding of living systems.

UMass Amherst has an Animal Care and Use Program in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act, Title 9, Code of Federal Regulations, Subchapter A, “Animal Welfare”, Parts 1-3, USDA/APHIS Animal Care Policies, and the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

Animal Care Resources

Animal care staff provide year-round animal husbandry and veterinary care for the animals used in teaching and research. The UMass Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is charged with overseeing the use of vertebrate animals in teaching and research. A current IACUC approval is required before animals can be purchased or housed. See Animal Use Subject to IACUC Review for more information.

Please note that IACUC approval for proposed animal use is not a guarantee that space for the animals in a UMass animal care facility is always immediately available.

The office is staffed by an attending veterinarian and trained animal care staff. Researchers can contact Animal Care Services regarding procedures and housing.

Please consult with the Director of Animal Care well in advance of your needing animal housing to ensure space in an animal facility will be available when you need it.

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